Expanding the Reach of LIVERESPECT™Curriculum
For more than 20 years, Tony Porter and I, along with other amazing A CALL TO MEN trainers have been traveling around the world to work with and train men and boys on healthy, respectful manhood. We’ve reached more than one million through our work with the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, the United States Military, the Department of Justice, the United Nations, and high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.
We’re really excited that now, A CALL TO MEN is able to offer an online training certification for our LIVERESPECT Curriculum. The on-demand webinar series takes educators, coaches and mentors through A CALL TO MEN’s signature training on its curriculum for middle-school and high-school boys. Typically conducted in-person over the course of a school day, the online certification training can be completed in three sessions that average 35 minutes each and can be done at the convenience of the participant. We’ve always known that we would need take the curriculum training online so that we could maximize reach and impact. Through tremendous support from Harry’s, we are able to meet that demand at no cost to all the teachers, coaches and mentors who are committed to promoting healthy, respectful manhood.
The LIVERESPECT curriculum promotes healthy, respectful manhood and healthy relationships; decreases language and actions that degrade women, girls and other marginalized groups; challenges harmful cultural and social norms; and decreases instances of dating violence, sexual assault, bullying, and homophobia.
This curriculum was piloted during the 2016-17 school year. As part of this, we surveyed nearly 300 male middle- and high-school students participants via anonymous surveys before and after completing the curriculum. The findings are promising:
- Pre-curriculum, only 19 percent of boys agree that they know what consent means. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 75 percent.
- Pre-curriculum, only 16 percent of boys agree that they are taught to view women as having less value. Post curriculum, that number increases to 74 percent.
- Pre-curriculum, only 21 percent of boys agree that they are taught to view women and girls as the property of men. Post-curriculum, that number increases to 90 percent.
The curriculum and the online certification training are both free. We hope you’ll check it out – and that you’ll share it widely with folks. We’re so thrilled to be able to expand the reach of this curriculum as we work to end violence against girls and women.